The Slovenian Information Commissioner has passed a quite interesting decision, quite relevant for re-users that need to rely on regular updates. In essence the decision enables re-users to file a request for future PSI.
OneSearch Direct Holdings, a company providing property search reports based on information from local authorities, challenged the policy decision of the Council of York to refuse access to some unrefined information OneSearch needs for making these property reports. The Council only provides unrefined information for which it has a statutory duty to do so, and any other requests for property information are answered by providing full consumer-ready reports in the form of a computer print-out. According to OneSearch, the policy decision violated the Home Information Pack Regulations and the Council of York should provide access to all unrefined property information. The Court did not agree to this, entailing that OneSearch (and other property search companies) no longer has access to unrefined information from the Council of York and sees its business curtailed considerably.
The members of the Italian National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks (a public sector body) were convicted of manslaughter for giving falsely positive information on the chances of the 2009 earthquake which took place in L’Aquila. At first sight, the case may be a worrying precedent regarding to the liability for public sector data. However, careful reading shows that the case is not about liability for providing wrongful PSI as such, but about misleading communication from public officials.
The national institution for the medical insurance of employees does not want its data on the medical fees for general practitioners and specialists to be re-used, and has removed it from its website. So far, the decision has not been challenged before a court of law, but it remains to be seen whether this refusal is in line with the French legislation and policy on open data.